Arsenic and Old Lace”
7 p.m. Nov. 14 & 15; 2 p.m. Nov. 16
Penn Yan Academy Auditorium
Tickets: $9 for adults; $8 for senior citizens and students.
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The Penn Yan Academy Drama Club presents the American classic comedy, “Arsenic and Old Lace,” this weekend at the Penn Yan Academy auditorium.
“Arsenic and Old Lace” was written by Joseph Kesselring in 1939 during the golden age of screwball comedy. It played 1,444 performances on Broadway in its original run, but is perhaps best remembered by Frank Capra’s 1944 film starring Cary Grant.
The spinster Brewster sisters, played by Mary Kate Killen and Abby Blauvelt, are sweet old ladies whose charitable work has taken a homicidal turn.
The three Brewster nephews include Teddy, played by Patrick Gulick, who thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt, Mortimer, a respected drama critic played by Kevin Conrad, and Jonathan, played by Nick Kinsey, who has had more than a questionable career.
Mortimer and Jonathan come home to visit their aunts and discover their new hobby, with hilarious consequences. Throw in Mortimer’s nosy fiancée Elaine, played by Skylar Jensen, crazy plastic surgeon Dr. Einstein, played by Reece Trombley, and a few officers of the law, and this play is sure to have the audience roaring with laughter.
“Arsenic & Old Lace” is directed by Rachel Hucko, who is in her first year as a music teacher at Penn Yan Middle School.
Abby Brewster: Mary Kate Killen
Martha Brewster: Abby Blauvelt
Mortimer Brewster: Kevin Conrad
Jonathan Brewster: Nick Kinsey
Teddy Brewster: Patrick Gulick
Dr. Einstein: Reece Trombley
Elaine Harper: Skylar Jensen
Officer Brophy: Trevor Filkins
Officer Klein: Cat Soyring
The Rev. Dr. Harper: Patrick Reagan
Mr. Gibbs: Nate Gulick
Officer O’Hara: Hope Brennan
Lieutenant Rooney: Marina Coriale
Dr. Witherspoon: Patrick Reagan